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Old 10-09-2018, 10:57 AM   #11
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Something similar to this solution worked for my kids when they were younger. John Walsh sold us a PC top with a poly D-SSP chanter and reed. It worked great for small hands. The only downside is that you cant play in a group (with PCs in other keys) but everything else works as it should.

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Ingenious idea.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:15 PM   #12
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"I'll Tell Me Ma" is mostly a top hand tune. There are several low As, but only one B and a couple of Cs if I recall correctly. Played slowly, it might be manageable. Also, if you aren't too fussed with tuning to begin with, you could tape the bottom of some of the lower holes to make them a bit easier to cover with small fingers.

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Old 10-10-2018, 04:17 AM   #13
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are the holes any closer together?

Yes. But it's rare for a hand to genuinely be too small for a standard spacing.
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:38 AM   #14
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William M. MacDonald has a page of "high hand" tunes in one the Glencoe Collection books. 6/8 march, strathspey and reel. They're high hand + D.
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:34 PM   #15
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William M. MacDonald has a page of "high hand" tunes in one the Glencoe Collection books. 6/8 march, strathspey and reel. They're high hand + D.
Hi John,

This collection sounds interesting. I have a double chanter set up similar to the one Panceltic has demonstrated on here before. A collection of high hand tunes could work very well on the double chanter. One could play the melody on the top hand and harmonies on the bottom hand. Do you happen to know which of the books the tunes are in?

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Old 10-12-2018, 04:50 AM   #16
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fifthoffive,

Check out this tutor:

http://www.bagpipepublishing.com/bagpipetutor.html

It is specifically written for children. I have used it to great success (for adults too!). The author starts the student on the high hand first, which I think is so much easier. He has simple tunes and exercises (even a Donald McLeod tune!) that you play before you even add the lower hand notes.

Also, after purchasing many 'child sized' PCs, we found this one to actually be smaller and a good fit for wee ones:

http://www.thepipershut.com/McCallum...p/c-pc-pc1.htm

It won't tune with regular length PCs, though.

Good luck!

-Matthew
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Old 10-12-2018, 05:33 AM   #17
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The chanter top looks to be the limiting factor on that one, from the image it’s almost as long as the chanter, though granted it is a short chanter. At least the mouthpiece portion looks cylindrical (instead of flared like some blowpipe mouthpieces ) making it straightforward to chop it down.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:54 AM   #18
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The chanter top looks to be the limiting factor on that one, from the image itís almost as long as the chanter, though granted it is a short chanter.

Yes, the chanter is more like a D chanter in size. Very small. We currently have a 9 year old using it and he can play a full scale easily, simple tunes..

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Correcting myself: Donald MacLeod

I am saddened to see the responses saying 'wait for him to grow, he isn't ready, have him write down exercises'.. Kids don't want to do that! Strike while the iron is hot and his enthusiasm is high. Use the tutor I linked to, he will learn some simple tunes quickly to build confidence and have fun while he's doing it.

-Matthew
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Old 10-12-2018, 07:30 AM   #19
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fifthoffive,

Check out this tutor:

http://www.bagpipepublishing.com/bagpipetutor.html

It is specifically written for children. I have used it to great success (for adults too!). The author starts the student on the high hand first, which I think is so much easier. He has simple tunes and exercises (even a Donald McLeod tune!) that you play before you even add the lower hand notes.

Also, after purchasing many 'child sized' PCs, we found this one to actually be smaller and a good fit for wee ones:

http://www.thepipershut.com/McCallum...p/c-pc-pc1.htm

It won't tune with regular length PCs, though.

Good luck!

-Matthew
Thanks! This is very helpful.
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